We live in an era of unprecedented growth in knowledge. Never before has there been so great an availability of and access to information in both print and online. Yet as opportunities to educate ourselves have greatly increased, our time for reading has significantly diminished. And when we do read, we rarely have the patience to read in the slow, sustained fashion that great books require if we are to be truly transformed by them. In Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics, renowned Harvard Divinity School professor Francis Clooney argues that our increasing inability to read in a concerted manner is particularly notable in the realm of religion, where the proliferation of information detracts from the learning of practices that require slow and patient reading. Although awareness of the world´s many religions is at an all-time high, deep knowledge of the various traditions has suffered. Clooney challenges this trend by considering six classic Hindu and Christian texts dealing with ritual and law, catechesis and doctrine, and devotion and religious participation, showing how, in distinctive ways, such texts instruct, teach truth, and draw willing readers to participate in the realities they are learning. Through readings of these seminal scriptural and theological texts, he reveals the rewards of a more spiritually transformative mode of reading-and how individuals and communities can achieve it.
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna. At the start of the Dharma Yudhha (righteous war) between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is filled with moral dilemma and despair about the violence and death the war will cause. He wonders if he should renounce and seeks Krishna´s counsel, whose answers and discourse constitute The Bhagadvad Gita. Krishna counsels Arjuna to ´´fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty to uphold the Dharma´´ through ´´selfless action´´. The Krishna-Arjuna dialogue cover a broad range of spiritual topics, touching upon ethical dilemmas and philosophical issues that go far beyond the war Arjuna faces.The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of Hindu ideas about dharma, theistic bhakti, and the yogic paths to moksha. The synthesis presents four paths to spirituality - jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yogas. These incorporate ideas from the Samkhya-Yoga and Vedanta philosophies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Grey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131211/bk_acx0_131211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Moonstone is a classic detective story. John Herncastle, an English officer, kills three guards, and steals a precious jewel from the head of a Hindu moon-god, during the battle of Seringapatam. It passes into the hands of Miss Verinder, on the celebration of her 18th birthday. The Brahmins then come to regain it. That night the moonstone disappears; but who has it? The mystery is tackled by the resourceful detective, Sergeant Cuff. This is an audio-dramatisation with full cast, sound effects, and ´audio-ambience´ created for you by AudioscapePlayers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Audioscape Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000694/bk_bigh_000694_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Called ´´the first and greatest of English detective novels´´ by T. S. Eliot, Wilkie Collins´s The Moonstone is a masterpiece of suspense. A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England, no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist - each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Langton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001689/bk_tant_001689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many of the world´s travails may be traced to the displacement of mythology by the age of science. Knowledge today is often deemed useful only if it enlarges our possessions or raises our station in society. If instead the criterion were to make us happier and more virtuous, mythology would have retained its proper place in society. The Age of Fable is Thomas Bulfinch´s brilliant reconstruction of the ancient myths and legends that form the backbone of Western culture. Drawn from a variety of classic sources, including Ovid´s Metamorphoses, Egyptian myths, Eastern mythology, and Hindu, Norse, and Celtic works, these selections form a remarkable tapestry of human endeavor: dreams, illusions, adventures, and loves. Included are the legends of Cupid and Psyche, Venus and Adonis, Hero and Leander, Hercules, and many others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010238/bk_blak_010238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in three separate volumes from 1855 to 1863, Bulfinch´s Mythology quickly became the standard source of classic tales from ancient Greece and Rome, the Norse tradition, and beyond. This edition contains the full text of The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, the first volume of Bulfinch´s seminal work. From stories of the Greek gods of Mt. Olympus to retellings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, from descriptions of mythological monsters to tales of Hindu and Egyptian deities, Bulfinch´s versions of these classic stories bring their characters to life. Throughout the text, Bulfinch includes examples of literary interpretations of and allusions to the various stories and points out proverbial expressions that have their origins in the mythology he relates, making this a vital reference for students of literature as well as a delightfully vibrant collection of the stories that form our cultural heritage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Cowley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001962/bk_tant_001962_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Esta versão em áudio da empolgante história de Júlio Verne ganhou um interesse especial graças aos efeitos sonoros e à trilha musical desenvolvida especialmente para a obra. A frieza e tranquilidade do inglês Phileas Fogg, interpretado pelo ator Guilherme Lopes, contrapõe-se ao som eletrizante de trens, navios, movimentos do mar, tempestades e outros elementos de ambientação sonora. A trilha sonora marca a passagem do tempo e as mudanças de países com seus temas característicos, passando por Inglaterra, Índia, Egito, China, Japão e Estados Unidos. Também ajuda a ilustrar o caráter dos dois personagens centrais: o sisudo Phileas Fogg, com trilha sonora inspirada em um tema inglês de andamento rígido, semelhante a uma marcha, e o divertido e fiel Passepartout, que no áudio aparece sempre envolto em uma atmosfera musical leve e divertida.Vozes: Antonio Carlos Prado Mói (funcionário da estrada de ferro, juiz, Thomas Flanagan e vozes diversas); Alecs Lima (inspetor Fix e Andrew Stuart); Ana Paula Frade (vozes diversas); Barros Batista (capitão e maquinista); Di Ramon (cônsul, guia, policial, homem hindu e fiscal); Giuliano Frade (escrivão e Cromarty); Guilherme Lopes (Phileas Fogg); Laura Mayumi (Auda); Marcio Brodt (Passepartout, ferroviário, passageiro agitado e mórmon); Paulo Arcuri (narração); Sony Moreno (Gaultier Ralph, Batulcar, Mudge e John Sullivan). Trilha sonora com composições e arranjos para temas étnicos e clássicos: Kauê Lemos.Gravação feita a partir de texto adaptado por Fernando Nuno. Co-produção da Livro Falante com a Editora DCL. Please note: This audiobook is in Portuguese. 1. Portuguese. Paulo Arcuri, Barros Batista, Di Ramon, Giuliano Frade, Guilherme Lopes, Laura Mayumi. http://samples.audible.de/bk/cele/000018/bk_cele_000018_sample.mp3.